I love Australian Open too, my second favourite (RG is still at the top), but i think the hard court season is way too big, yeah.
And even if i don't really like it, think the grass season is too short.
RG used to be my favourite grand slam by far in the nineties, but the poor strength in depth on the clay nowadays (well that's my opinion) and the lack of quality matches there, means that it has been relegated to second place behind the Aussie Open in my list of preferences. The US Open is my least favourite slam due to final set tiebreaks and Super/Stupid Saturday.
Hard courts are much cheaper to maintain than the natural surfaces (especially grass) so despite the fact that they are the most damaging surface to the muscles. ligaments and joints, unfortunately they will continue to dominate the schedule. 6 masters series events out of 9 on hard is just ridiculous. I just find so much hard court tennis pretty boring.
i am the opposite. I like the speed of court in US Open, and the atmosphere of AO.
so these two are my fav two GS. But yes, I agree there are too many hard-court matches while the grass season is too short
For myself, I like playing on the hard court. I've first tried playing on clay in Melbourne this year, and it sucked me a lot, coz the ball bounced soooooooo irregularly and slowly that I really could not catch the rhythm of playing!!! Now i know why there are some players who hate clay so much, and I am with them now.
Yes the AO has easily the best atmosphere out of the 4 slams. I've heard that's it like a carnival over there.
I'm basically a claycourter who plays a clay court game on hard courts
. I've played on red clay a couple of times and I loved it, and I enjoyed sliding on the surface. One of my friends usually beats me when we play on hard courts, but I was able to get my revenge over him on clay
I've played on a grass a couple of times and it felt pretty weird, but it was still a lot of fun. Green clay is also a cool surface. There was talk of Miami changing its surface from hard to green clay at the start of this decade, but they eventually scrapped those plans, which is a shame.